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This winter, our nation has been hit very hard by severe cold weather, the result of what scientists are calling a "polar vortex shift". According to them and the news, that's why much of our country has been seeing colder temperatures than usual and even snow in some areas that don't normally even see flurries! I don't know much about the science behind it, but I sure know that when it's this cold outside, you grab the thicker jacket. :)

Since it's been so cold, it's caused a dramatic spike in claims regarding frozen pipes. Hopefully this has never happened to you - frozen pipes can be a huge inconvenience and a mess to clean up if they burst. Call us immediately if you need to file a claim this winter so we can get it taken care of for you as quickly as possible.

When temperatures drop, water in your pipes in your home will begin to expand as it freezes (one thing I DO remember from science class!).

Having the pipes in your home freeze over can be easily prevented, if you know what to do. Here are a few tips to help prevent frozen pipes and keep you safe from risk this season:
  • When the weather is very cold outside, let the cold water drip from the faucet served by exposed pipes. Running water through the pipe - even at a trickle - helps prevent pipes from freezing.
  • Open kitchen and bathroom cabinet doors to allow warmer air to circulate around the plumbing. Be sure to move any harmful cleaners and household chemicals up out of the reach of children.
  • Keep the thermostat set to the same temperature both during the day and at night. By temporarily suspending the use of lower nighttime temperatures, you may incur a higher heating bill, but you can prevent a much more costly repair job if pipes freeze and burst.
For more info about preventing frozen pipes, and for tips on how to thaw pipes that are already frozen, visit the Red Cross' tips website here. <>

Feel free to share these tips with your family, friends, and neighbors to help them protect against this risk as well.
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